Crime

Atascadero police release name of man shot by officer

Gary Roger Reynolds, 58, was shot once in the abdomen by an Atascadero police officer after allegedly crashing his truck into a building and advancing on officers with a metal bar. This is an undated booking photo from a previous arrest.
Gary Roger Reynolds, 58, was shot once in the abdomen by an Atascadero police officer after allegedly crashing his truck into a building and advancing on officers with a metal bar. This is an undated booking photo from a previous arrest. Courtesy of the City of Atascadero

The Atascadero Police Department has released the name of the man shot in the stomach by a police officer Monday afternoon. The department also named the officer for the first time.

Police said Gary Roger Reynolds, 58, drove his truck through a closed rollup door in a vacant building on the 5600 block of El Camino Real, then advanced on officers while carrying a metal bar and ignored commands to stop.

The city said officers first used unspecified nonlethal force against Reynolds before Sgt. Gregg Meyer fired a single round from his handgun and hit Reynolds in the abdomen.

Reynolds underwent surgery Monday and remained in stable condition at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday evening, Deputy City Manager Terrie Banish said.

At the hospital, Reynolds was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism and exhibiting a deadly weapon. He will be taken to San Luis Obispo County Jail when he is discharged and held in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to the SLO County Sheriff’s Office website.

Atascadero police and the District Attorney’s Office are still investigating the officer-involved shooting.

Meyer remains on administrative leave pending the results of the district attorney’s investigation, which is standard procedure whenever officers discharge their service weapon in the line of duty.

The Atascadero Police Department said in a news release Wednesday that Meyer has been with the department for 10 years after previously serving with the Los Angeles and Covina police departments.

Banish said officials have confirmed that Reynolds is a resident of San Luis Obispo County, but they are not releasing his city of residence. Public records indicate that he is an Oceano resident.

Court records were not available to confirm whether the District Attorney’s Office had filed any charges against Reynolds as of Wednesday afternoon.

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